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Reason Writers Around Town: Shikha Dalmia on Wisconsin's Real Lesson

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In her latest Daily column, Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia notes that the biggest mistake that Wisconsin's public unions made was to believe that government jobs equalled economic security. But what they are finding out now is that the government can offer no more security than the tooth fairy. Public sector unions simply traded the cruel vagaries of the market for the cruel vagaries of politics. The same awesome powers that they were counting on the government to use to protect them are now being redirected against them. As Dalmia explains, that's because a government that is powerful enough to give them everything they want is powerful enough to take away everything they've got.

If the government has changed the rules of the game mid-way, the unions have no one to blame but themselves. "After all," Dalmia writes, "they are the ones who decided to play with it in the first place."

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  1. Let me get this right, Shikha is “Reason Foundation Senior Analyst”? That’s very impressive, especially in the fantasy world that is modern day comsotarianism.

    1. Welcome, Shit Facktory!

    2. Hi, I’m conducting a poll for trolls who are new to this site. A “troll-poll,” if you will. Please answer the following:

      A) How did you find this site?

      2) Do you troll at other sites? If so, which ones?

      III) Is it depressing to have a life as sad and empty as yours?

      Thanks!

      1. You gotta take the troll poll to get inside this board’s hole.

        1. Dammit!!

        2. Dayman…fighter of the Nightman…

          1. Champion of the sun….

            1. Master of karate and friendship for everyone…

              1. Wildcard, bitches!!!!1!!1!1!!!!

      2. Do you gotta take the troll poll if you wanna get that boy’s soul?

      3. A) I was looking for a site called “Reason”, and this is what I found.

        2) No. I just figured that site called “Reason” might actually have reasonable content.

        III) What is depressing is, that for a site called “Reason” there isn’t much reasoning going on here.

        Drink x 3
        Suckers

        1. Nothing about…roads? Somalia? Female libertarians? Virgina Postrel? You suck at this.

          1. The quality of trolls was better when Virginia Postrel was in charge.

          2. You really didn’t give me much to work with. Perhaps you should rephrase your questions.

      4. A) gosh, i think it was from unqualified offerings…yet i ain’t checked up on that place in forevers, gotta get on that…

        2) not so much anymore, y’all computer freaks is crazy, but trolled In These Times pretty hard years ago…gosh, ain’t checked up on that place in forevers, gotta get on that…

        III) not a bit of it, there’s always so much to learn…although much of it is kind of depressing…hmm…yeah, gotta get on that…

        Thank you!

      5. “You blog at H&R with the trolls you have—not the trolls you
        might want or wish to have at a later time.

      6. I heard Reasonites are giant pussies.

    3. “Raaaaacist!!”

    4. What the hell is “comsotarianism?”

    5. Re: Pat D. King,

      the fantasy world that is modern day comsotarianism.

      Comsot…what?

      Is it like consome de pollo?

      http://www.catracholandia.com/…..061consome de pollo.jpg

  2. For Political Reasons, New York Art Institute Punishes Conservative Artist

    You don’t have to be an art critic to see something tasteless going on at Pratt Institute. Since 1887, this venerable New York institution has been dedicated to educating “artists and creative professionals to be responsible contributors to society.” Yet teachers and administrators at Pratt have been nothing but irresponsible in their recent dealings with a fifth-year drawing student named Steve DeQuattro.

    Mr. DeQuattro is a political artist. He uses his background in graphic design to illustrate the dominant political culture of his world. At Pratt, this means creating work that addresses, as he wrote to me, the “growing bureaucracy, higher tuition, new buildings for administration, new offices, and departments, and left-wing bias, all at the expense of the students.”

    As part of his recent work, Mr. DeQuattro has designed a cereal-box-like sculpture that he calls, ironically, “Sustainable Liberalism in a Box” (the graphics are pictured above). He has developed a piece that takes the ubiquitous Apple iPod ad campaign to address abortion. He has designed a sobering five-foot-wide mural that tracks the Democratic Party’s record on race, from Jefferson’s slave-holding days up through the racially charged speeches of Senator Robert Byrd and Vice President Joe Biden.

    As a senior in the school, Mr. DeQuattro has been working on this art in preparation for a group show for Pratt’s graduating students, which is scheduled to open on April 23. While his faculty advisor has been supporting him, his peers have not. Mr. DeQuattro says they recently wrote a letter to his professors, calling his work “offensive” and complaining about exhibiting alongside him. Last week, the chair of the fine arts department stepped in to prevent Mr. DeQuattro’s participation alongside the other students in the group show?an unprecedented move in the history of the department, says Mr. DeQuattro, despite the fact that none of his work is pornographic, libelous, or in violation of the laws of free speech. Mr. DeQuattro’s advisor did not return a request for comment.

    http://bighollywood.breitbart……ve-artist/

    1. “At Pratt, this means creating work that addresses, as he wrote to me, the “growing bureaucracy, higher tuition, new buildings for administration, new offices, and departments, and left-wing bias, all at the expense of the students.””

      I like this kid!

    2. Yeah, these artsy types are all about the “transgressive” art.

      Until it steps on their toes.

      What a bunch of nancies. They’re in for a rude awakening when they report for their first day at McDonalds.

      1. CONFORM!

      2. My mom went to Pratt. At the same time as Mapplethorpe. Her stories are…interesting.

        1. You damn Elitist! 😉

  3. Fucking power – how does it work?

  4. Like the teachers in the midwest, what are all these people who are completely dependent on the government going to do when Medicare, Medicade, SS, etc go bankrupt?

    I’d ask that to any lefty talking about the “necessity” of these programs. If you create a government-controlled program that crowds out charity….and then the government program ends for whatever reason, those people will be screwed. I can’t think anything the free market does that is so cruel.

  5. Very well put.

  6. Cool insight Shikha!

    1. Yeah, this is such a money quote:

      Public sector unions simply traded the cruel vagaries of the market for the cruel vagaries of politics.

      1. “Public sector unions simply traded the cruel vagaries of the market for the cruel vagaries of politics.”

        And Vinson tells Obama to get a move on, or medical care will *not* be at the cruel vagaries of politics (or no more than it was pre-Pelosi):
        http://hotair.com/archives/201…..even-days/

  7. Our item yesterday about Eric Holder, his “people” and the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case prompted this email from our friend Harry Lewis, a New York lawyer:

    I worked election security for the McCain campaign in Philadelphia on Election Day 2008. I actually witnessed the incident involving the New Black Panthers intimidating voters at the polling place at 1212 Fairmont Avenue in North Philadelphia. I later gave a statement to the Bush Justice Department about the incident. I should note that by the time I arrived on the scene, a Fox News camera crew already was on site filming the Panthers in action. Their tape should corroborate everything I observed at the time.

    Here’s the point conservative commentators are missing about the incident: The polling place in question was in a black neighborhood, and all of the voters I observed being intimidated were black. That means, in essence, that it was black-on-black crime. Conservative commentators repeat a mantra that Holder and the Justice Department are failing to enforce the law in a race-neutral way, meaning that they assume that it was blacks intimidating whites.

    In an important way, then, the debate to date misses a more important point, and one that I think is politically explosive: Holder’s Justice Department was, in fact, failing to protect black voters by giving lenient treatment to black thugs who were forcibly taking over a polling place for political reasons. To paraphrase Holder’s offensive verbal formulation, he was failing to protect “his people” from black thugs.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/…..TopOpinion

  8. WHHAAAAA!!!
    Ponzi scheme won’t payoff forever?
    Let’s go get some “rich” people.

  9. Public sector unions simply traded the cruel vagaries of the market for the cruel vagaries of politics.

    Which is why their [benefits] should be taken away from [politics] so the unwashed cattle can’t get at them.

    1. Being public, the employees are by definition political. You can’t subject their compensation to the free market, while employing them in the public markets.

      You might as well talk about round squares.

      1. You can say that again

      2. You can say that again.

    2. Being public, the employees are by definition political. You can’t subject their compensation to the free market, while employing them in the public markets.

      You might as well talk about round squares.

  10. Shit, have you been reading my FB page? I just made this argument last night.

    The bigger picture here is that the government granted teachers the right to collective bargaining. It is a “legal” right. Now, the government wants to take it away. That’s what governments do. They give, and they take away. I think it was Thomas Jefferson that said, “a government that is strong enough to give you what you want, is strong enough to take what you have.
    10 hours ago ? Like

    You’re welcome, or, great minds think alike.

    1. does govt. “grant” rights or “recognize” them?

      1. Neither?

      2. The government protects Natural Rights (unalienable). The government grants Legal Rights (inalienable).

      3. The government “protects” Natural Rights, and grants Legal Rights. Collective bargaining is a legal right, not a Natural Right.

  11. Former Koch Exec Supplying House’s New Styrofoam Cups”–headline, Puffington Host, March 2

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…..29378.html

    1. Link —> An Open Letter to the Women Who Are Telling Me It’s My Fault I’m Not Married

      Are you fucking with me, or did you copy the wrong link?

        1. Yes, I like that, former. You mean he actually left the Koch and started his own business? Oh noes. An actual entrepreneur? We can’t have any of that.

          1. Never mind. I was wrong. He’s the CEO of WinCup not an “owner”.

        2. OMG We are through the looking glass people.

    2. I don’t think they understand how this revolving door shit works.

  12. “As Dalmia explains, that’s because a government that is powerful enough to give them everything they want is powerful enough to take away everything they’ve got.”

    Hmmm.

    Seems like I’ve heard that before somewhere.

    An insight courtesy of Mr T Jefferson, I believe.

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